New Arrival: Alexander McQueen Kids
New Arrival: Alexander McQueen Kids Comes To Designer Childrenswear
We’re really excited to welcome Alexander McQueen Kids to the Designer Childrenswear family. A prolific name in designer fashion, it’s such a thrill for us to be associated with such a prestigious brand! But who was Alexander McQueen and why was he so important in the world of fashion? Read on to find out more!
Who was Alexander McQueen?
Alexander McQueen was born in London on 17th March, 1969. Although from a poor background, McQueen was both ambitious and determined to succeed; he left school at 16 to study tailoring at Gieves & Hawkes on London’s prestigious Savile Row. It was here that he would become a master of fit and form, a skill that would feature heavily in his own design work. At the age of 20, McQueen worked as a pattern cutter for London-based Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno before moving to Milan to work for Romeo Gigli. Taking a wealth of experience from both Savile Row and from working alongside these skilled designers, McQueen returned to London to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. Drawing inspiration for his work from London’s rich history, it was at Central Saint Martins that McQueen really learnt how to be a fashion designer. He graduated with an MA in 1992 and his 1991 graduate collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow; she would go on to form a close friendship with McQueen and continued to champion him throughout his career until her untimely death in 2007.
Alexander McQueen launched his own label in 1992, at the age of just 23. Although his work and shows were at times both shocking and controversial, his talents in creating were truly remarkable. With his background in precision tailoring, even his most outrageous pieces were crafted to an exceptional standard. Much of his inspiration as a designer came from historical contexts and traditions, but he would subvert these to create shocking and memorable statement pieces that would often split the world of fashion’s opinion.
You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.
Alexander McQueen & Givenchy
Alexander McQueen was appointed head designer (succeeding John Galliano) at prestigious fashion house Givenchy in 1996, just four years after launching his eponymous label. A house weighted with specific traditions and expectations, it was here that McQueen learnt softness and lightness of fabric, draping and couture techniques after spending time with the house’s talented couture ateliers. These were skills that carried into McQueen’s namesake collections long after his tenure at Givenchy.
Because I was a tailor, I didn’t totally understand softness, or lightness. I learned lightness at Givenchy. I was a tailor at Savile Row. At Givenchy I learned to soften. For me, it was an education. As a designer I could have left it behind. But working at Givenchy helped me learn my craft.
During his time at Givenchy, Alexander McQueen created breathtaking pieces of couture, but some of his more controversial collections were met with criticism from loyalists of the Givenchy house. He left Givenchy in 2001, claiming that he felt the house was constraining his creativity.
Alexander McQueen: Legacy
Alexander McQueen had continued success with his own label until his tragic death in 2010. He was awarded the title of British Designer of the Year four times by the British Fashion Council (between 1996 and 2001) and in 2003, he was given a CBE for his services to the fashion industry. Many international accolades followed, and celebrities the world over all wore and celebrated his designs.
Sarah Burton, who was head of womenswear and worked alongside McQueen became his successor. Completing his final collection after his death in February 2010, she continues to lead the house today and McQueen’s influence and house style codes can still be recognised in her work.
Alexander McQueen’s career was most famously celebrated with the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” first at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 and then at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2015. Attracting over 661,509 in New York and 493,043 in London, it was a roaring success and proof that McQueen’s legacy continues to live on.
Alexander McQueen Today
Under the watchful eye of Sarah Burton, the Alexander McQueen house couldn’t be in better hands. Ten years as creative director, she has found a way to fuse her own feminine, artistic vision with the edgier style that McQueen was most commonly acknowledged for.
Sarah Burton is probably best known for designing both Kate Middleton’s wedding gown and reception dress in 2011, and for designing Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress too. Following on from the royal wedding, Burton was awarded Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council. Along with many other accolades, she was also honoured with an OBE in 2012 from Prince Charles for her services to the fashion industry.
New Arrival: Alexander McQueen Kids
After taking the adult fashion world by storm, we are proud to announce that we now stock Alexander McQueen footwear for kids at Designer Childrenswear. Alexander McQueen trainers have been at the top of everyone’s fashion wish-list tree now for the last few seasons, and now they’re available in the same cool and chunky trainer design for your mini-mes! Each pair of Alexander McQueen white trainers comes crafted in soft-white leather, complete with iconic chunky sole! Their padded insoles and breathable holes make these trainers comfortable without compromising on style. Finally, your little ones can choose from a selection of colours on their suede-trimmed heels, complete with stunning Alexander McQueen branding.
Shop Alexander McQueen kids now both online and in our Sunderland store!
Shop now and step out in style!,
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